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May 18, 2001

The beta test continues... send me your comments at sdownes@ualberta.ca:

Cycle of Improved Practice The Cycle of Improved Practiceis a database of more than 130 selectedCanadian resources for post-secondary educators interested in usingtechnology to improve teaching and learning (this description from the Node http://www.node.on.ca, who featured it in today's Networking email). Submitted on May 23, 2001

Online Course Management Platform Comparison There is today an almost endless array of learning management systems. SiteTrainer provides a valuable service in providing a comprehensive comparison of 73 of them. Of course this list probably isn't comprehensive... but it should do to get you started. Submitted on May 23, 2001

U.S. Wooing Student Hackers The U.S. government will provide $8.6 million in scholarship money to 200 students who agree to work for the government as computer security professionals after they earn their degree. By Katie Dean, Wired News, May 21, 2001. Submitted on May 23, 2001

SPARC Partners With Library-Published Journal Score one for the good guys: SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced its partnership with the Journal of Insect Science, an electronic journal available free of charge and published by the University of Arizona Library. Journal of Insect Science (JIS) is the first SPARC partner journal to be published by a university library. JIS is accessible online at: http://www.insectscience.org Submitted on May 23, 2001

Introducing the DE Rapid Response Team Distance-Educator.com adds a new service... 'rapid response' distance education consulting. Of course, at $200 a question (their highest rate) you'd better word it carefully! Seriously, though, the people at Distance-Educator.Com are tapping into a good model: using online content as a leader to promote high-touch human services. Submitted on May 23, 2001

New Software Lets Parents Track Kids Schools across the country are adopting computer programs that allow parents to check the Internet daily to see whether their kids skipped class, handed in their homework and even what they had for lunch. The Associated press, May 22, 2001. Submitted on May 23, 2001

Books Best for Tests A study suggests that books are better than technology at helping primary schoolchildren pass tests. But I think it would be a mistake to read too much into this correlation. BBC News, May 21, 2001. Submitted on May 23, 2001

Official Says Internet Will Reshape Campuses Eduprise picked this up, keying on the idea that online learning will not replace brick and mortar campuses. But of course, the choice isn't, and never was, between one or the other. Even students who attend traditional institutions will see more and more online learning. A student that attends one lecture a week, instead of three, cannot be said to have 'replaced' the traditional campus, but that student's education has still been transformed. By Patrick Johnson, MassLive.Com, May 14, 2001. Submitted on May 23, 2001

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